English Premier League new boys Queens Park Rangers have signed former Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd on a three-year deal.Bothroyd, 29, has been without a club since leaving Cardiff at the end of the 2010/11 season, and is QPR boss Neil Warnock’s first off-season acquisition.
“I spoke to the manager and he told me how much he wanted me,” Bothroyd told the QPR website.
“He convinced me that this was the right place to be. He told me the direction that he wants to go in and the way he wants to play.”
“I think this club is heading in the right direction and has got a lot of ambition.”
Bothroyd said he was hopeful that good form with QPR could relaunch his England career after he made his debut in a friendly against France last November.
“I want to be playing against the best players in the world, and I got a taste of that when I joined up with the England squad. Hopefully I can do well for QPR and get back into the squad,” he said.
Elsewhere, Wolves have completed the signing of defender Roger Johnson on a four-year-deal from Birmingham.
The 28-year-old has signed for an undisclosed fee after successfully completing a medical on Monday.
Johnson is Mick McCarthy’s third permanent signing of the summer following the arrival of midfielder Jamie O’Hara from Tottenham and former Swansea goalkeeper Dorus de Vries.
“We tried to sign Roger two years ago when he moved from Cardiff to Birmingham and have been tracking him ever since,” Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey told the club’s official website.
“We are pleased to have signed what we believe to be an excellent player who represents excellent value for money for us.”
“He fits the bill perfectly – a British centre-back in his prime, one with Premier League and cup-winning experience, a vocal, determined, leader type who has played consistently well for a long time.”
“We stressed that we would not rush to do deals this summer and would have to be patient in the pursuit of our targets, which has proved to be beneficial for us.”
Championship side Leicester City have signed full-back Paul Konchesky from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.
The defender, who has signed a three-year contract, is the latest player to join Sven-Goran Eriksson’s team as he looks to build a side capable of mounting a push for promotion.
Liverpool signed the left-back last summer after an impressive season for Fulham in which he helped guide them to the Europa League final, but he failed to settle at Anfield and spent the second half of last season on loan at Nottingham Forest.
“Paul has been a Premier League player year in and year out throughout his career so he represents a very big signing for us,” Eriksson told the Foxes’ website.
“He wanted to come to Leicester City and it means a lot that proven, established top flight footballers want to be part of what we are building here.”
The 30-year-old also has previous history with the Leicester manager, as Eriksson was the man who gave him the first of his two England caps in 2003.
Konchesky is set to join up with the squad on their pre-season tour of Sweden later this week.
And former Hamburg SV goalkeeper Frank Rost is set to join New York Red Bulls after 18 years in the Bundesliga.
The 38-year-old, who also played for Werder Bremen and Schalke 04, saw his contract with Hamburg run out at the end of the season and is set to join the MLS team this week.
“We are excited that Frank has decided to join us midway through the season,” team sports director Erik Soler told Bild newspaper.